Bonfire night for us last year was a bit of a flop. We had invited friends and one of my sisters round to our house, and bought lots of fireworks to set off in the garden. I made big pans of chilli and some pretty amazing parkin, and we stocked up on hot chocolate, rum and marshmallows. All the important ingredients for a fun bonfire night for the kids and us!
We had 6 kids in total, and bundled them up into coats, boots, hats and gloves and all huddled outside waiting for the first firework to be set off. Whizz, bang, scream! 5 of the 6 kids burst into tears and ran inside, refusing to come outside again until the fireworks had stopped – not exactly what we had planned for the evening.
So this year we are heading to the Illuminate the Gardens event in the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Sheffield, which takes place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November. The event starts at 5pm on the Saturday, and 4.30pm on the Sunday, so ideal timings if you’ve got little ones with you, but you still want to get your fireworks fix.
The event has some great features that will appeal to our slightly apprehensive youngest two boys including a separate ‘no bangs’ fireworks display in the early evening – perfect! There are also dazzling fire performances planned, craft activities and an art trail featuring a number of surprising sculptures placed around the gardens for visitors to discover. My kids love a hunt, so this sounds lots of fun.
The main event fireworks display and lighting extravaganza will highlight how visually stunning the pavilion and gardens are – I can’t wait to see one of my regular daytime stomping grounds transformed into something even more magical.
The team behind the event, Events Collective, were also responsible for the hugely successful Sheffield Food Festival this year, so you know there will be lots of delicious Sheffield food and drink involved too! The bar will be stocked with lagers and ales from Stancill, Kelham Island and Bradfield breweries, and there will be tasty treats a-plenty from local food companies, including The Gravy Train, Smoke BBQ, Wah Wah’s and my personal favourites, the Sunshine Pizza Oven – come hungry and you won’t be disappointed!
If you are interested in securing early bird tickets, there are some great value offers on this week as the first round are released. Super early bird tickets are on sale online from 9am on Tuesday 26th September, priced at £5 per adult, £2 per child (2-16 years old), or £12 for a family ticket (admits two adults and two children).
Get your tickets by visiting www.illuminatethegardens.co.uk.
From 1st October you will also be able to purchase tickets from The Curator’s House (the café) in the Botanical Gardens or from Airy Fairy at 239 London Road.
I’ll hopefully see you there, with my non screaming kids and a massive slice of pizza!